Sports Shorts 1.16.18 16 Jan 18

(Orlando, FL)  –  The Timberwolves take their five-game winning streak into Orlando tonight to face the Magic.  Minnesota will then visit the Houston Rockets on Thursday before returning home to host Toronto on Saturday.  The Wolves sit at 29-and-16 after Sunday’s 120-103 rout of Portland.  The Magic have lost seven straight to dip to 12-and-31.

(Eden Prairie, MN)  –  The Vikings are gearing up for their showdown with the Eagles in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday in Philadelphia.  The Vikes advanced with a dramatic 29-24 win over the Saints this past Sunday.  The Eagles edged the Atlanta Falcons 15-10 to advance.

(East Rutherford, NJ)  –  Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur is expected to be named head coach of the New York Giants.  Multiple outlets report Shurmur will accept the offer once the Vikings’ season comes to an end.  The 52-year-old Shurmur has spent the last two years with the Vikes.

(St. Paul, MN)  –  The Wild are off the ice until Saturday when the Tampa Bay Lightning come to town.  Minnesota has earned at least a point in four straight after Sunday’s 3-2 overtime loss to Vancouver.  The Wild are fifth in the Central Division with 53 points, good for the second wild card spot in the West.

(Minneapolis, MN)  –  Former Twins slugger Justin Morneau is calling it a career.  The Twins confirmed his retirement yesterday and scheduled a new conference for tomorrow to make an official announcement.  Morneau hit 247 home runs over 14 big league seasons, including his first 10-plus years in Minnesota.

(University Park, PA)  –  Nate Mason scored 25 points as Minnesota outlasted Penn State 95-84 in overtime at University Park.  Dupree McBrayer contributed a career-high 24 points for the Golden Gophers, who outscored the Nittany Lions 21-10 in the extra session.  The Gophers are 14-and-6 overall and 3-and-4 in the Big Ten.  They visit Maryland on Thursday

(Fargo, ND)  –  North Dakota State hosts rival North Dakota tonight in Fargo.  The Bison blasted Oral Roberts 82-64 on Saturday to improve to 10-and-8 on the season and 2-and-2 in Summit League action.  The Fighting Hawks have won two in-a-row on the heels of an eight-game skid after Saturday’s 89-79 win over Weber State.  UND is 6-and-11 including 2-and-4 in Big Sky play.  NDSU won the first matchup 88-79 in Grand Forks in December.